Pilgrimage Sites in the Archdocese
"During the Jubilee Year, pilgrims will be welcomed to the principal basilicas in Rome where the Holy Father has designated Holy Doors. Pope Francis states that, 'The practice of pilgrimage has a special place in the Holy Year, because it represents the journey each of us makes in this life. Life itself is a pilgrimage, and the human being is a visitor, a pilgrim traveling along the road, making his way to the desired destination.'
"The pope has called on churches throughout the world to assign certain doors as holy doors by which the faithful may enter during the year, recalling God's great mercy, and reflecting upon the application of that mercy towards oneself and one's neighbor. It is to be considered a truly faithful action, so much so that Pope Francis has referred to the holy door itself as a door of faith-Portafide. I have designated certain churches in the Archdiocese to be local pilgrimage sites. These churches will have designated holy doors, through which the faithful will pass. The declaration of certain holy doors throughout the Archdiocese will undoubtedly provide the opportunity for the faithful to seek and find extraordinary 'indulgence' from God the Father through Jesus Christ, himself the true face of the Father's mercy. The designated pilgrimage sites with holy doors will be located at:
The Holy Father has suggested that during the Jubilee Year the season of Lent should be "lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God's mercy."
"24 Hours for the Lord"
Selected parishes will be participating in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative on the Friday and Saturday preceding the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This event will afford people an opportunity for intense prayer and enables "people to touch the grandeur of God's mercy." The following parishes are participating in 24 Hours for the Lord:
CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY 3800 W. 119th, Leawood
STS. PETER AND PAUL 411 Pioneer, Seneca
ST. PATRICK 1086 N. 94th St., Kansas City, Kansas
MOST PURE HEART OF MARY 3601 S.W. 17th St., Topeka
ST. LAWRENCE CATHOLIC CAMPUS CENTER 1631 Crescent Rd., Lawrence
ST. BENEDICT’S ABBEY 1020 N. 2nd St., Atchison
DIDDE CATHOLIC CAMPUS CENTER 1415 Merchant St., Emporia
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION-ST. JOSEPH St. Joseph Church 306 North Broadway, Leavenworth
Lenten Confession Initiative
Many parishes in the Archdiocese have offered additional time outside of their regular weekly schedule for the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday evenings during the season of Lent. Check with your local parish to learn about additional times for Confession during the Jubilee Year.
St. John Paul II was an ardent advocate for the Divine Mercy devotion connected to the private revelation received by St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. The Archdiocese, through The Leaven and with the help of the Office of Liturgy and Sacramental Life, will work to spread the message of Divine Mercy, increase awareness among the Faithful concerning the Lord's message of mercy revealed to St. Faustina and promote the Divine Mercy chaplet and devotion.
How to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Celebrating Divine Mercy with Kids
Pray the Divine Mercy Novena (starting on Good Friday)
Purchase the Diary of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska
Outreach to those Wounded by Church Members or by Agents of the Church:
As members of the Body of Christ, we are called upon to respond with deep compassion to any of our brothers and sisters who have been harmed in any way by members of the Church or by her ministers. The unique and tragically harmful effects inflicted by someone acting in the name of the Church requires a loving and nurturing response of caring and healing that is only possible through God's outpouring of mercy toward His beloved sons and daughters. When ministers of the Church grievously offend, it inflicts a spiritual wound resulting, not only by having been hurt by someone you had a right to trust, but from someone who represented to you the Church and in some measure even symbolized God. The unique and insidious nature of these wounds is that they can impede those victimized from being able to approach the very place one should be able to come for healing and comfort -- the Church and even more devastatingly it can block out ability to reach out to Our Lord -- Divine Physician, the ultimate healer.
During the Jubilee Year Archbishop Naumann calls upon all the faithful to remember in prayer their brothers and sisters in Christ who have suffered harm by the words, actions or omissions of the clergy, church employees, lay volunteers, ministers or other members of the Church. He will preside at Healing Services to be held in the Archdiocese during the Jubilee Year. He encourages all the faithful to attend one or more of these services and pray for healing for victims and their families. Times and locations will be announced by the Office of Liturgy and Sacramental Life. Through these efforts and prayers, especially in this Year of Mercy, may the wounded be truly healed that they may more freely and fully participate in the life and mission of the Church. May those who have left the Church find in their return the love, welcoming and compassionate care which God Himself generously bestows to all His children.
Other Archdiocesan Efforts
Engaging Christ’s Action Plan in all your life’s work
As Catholic disciples of Jesus we have been commissioned to make life on earth more like heaven. By our Baptism and Confirmation we are equipped by the Holy Spirit to do the corporal and spiritual works of mercy that make God’s love a concrete reality. Catholic Social teaching is the Church’s unpacking of the Gospel: giving us instructions on how we unleash this power of grace to make the world better right here, right now…
The Catholic Social Teaching Workshop is a hands-on, minds-on discussion group that focuses on the core Catholic concepts of Catholic Social teaching. The workshop is scalable so it can be adapted to your parish’s needs and time availability.
There will an information session to learn more about how to bring a CST workshop to the parish January 28th at Savior Center from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP or learn more, contact Bill Scholl with the Office for Social Justice. 913-647-0317, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Rachel is available at no cost to help anyone, regardless of faith, who has had an abortion, whether recent or many years ago.
Project Rachel offers women a path to healing after an abortion. This ministry offers hope and forgiveness in a non-judgmental and confidential atmosphere.
We would like to extend an invitation to anyone who would like to find out about or explore the initial steps in the journey to forgiveness and mercy. There is also a separate ministry for men - Project Joseph.